dogs, Feed Store, goals, People

Pennies for Pets and People


On March 1st, 2018, when I turned the key in the lock on the front door of Nicoma Park Feed, and turned on the lights, I’d already dreamed up this jar. I knew it would have a place on the counter at some point. I opened the door with so many ideas I couldn’t fit them in one blog, maybe not even in one book.

I’ve written down many of my ideas for use at some point. I’ve scratched some of the ideas out because now, this far in to it, I realize they wouldn’t work. Some of my ideas have a whole page (or more) dedicated to really working out details for using them. Some are just one liners scrawled out quickly to keep me from forgetting them.

Some ideas have been forgotten before they made it to paper. Some are born in the middle of the night. Some I’ve waited longer than I wanted to, and some I’ve rushed and started before I really worked out the details.

Some of my ideas have been implemented to close together, and sometimes I’ve waited too long before letting an idea grow legs.

But this idea has finally come to life. I have my Pennies for Pets and People jar on the counter. Some coins sit at the bottom of the jar, the first precious steps after this idea grew its legs.

Why “Pennies for Pets and People”?

Because pennies add up. Each month I (or maybe one of the kids) will pick an organization that saves/rescues/rehabilitates pets/animals, or an organization that helps people. We’ll always post on the jar who the money is going to.

The last Saturday of each month, we will collect donations for the chosen organization. I’ll post about what they need/want the most, and we’ll have a bin to collect everything. I’ll share with you more about the organization as we go along.

This month, I picked PyrPaws and Furry Tails Rescue. They rescue Great Pyrenees and other farm dogs, place them in foster homes and work to find adopters for each dog. I picked them in honor of Anakin, our Great Pyrenees who is still missing. (I’m holding out hope that he’ll come home, but if he doesn’t, at the very least, I hope he is being loved like crazy and taken extra good care of.)

So, when you stop by, toss a few coins in the jar, and let’s honor the work rescuers do.

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”

― Mr. Rogers

In our often crazy, sometimes scary world, there are always helpers. Hands and Feet of Jesus who are doing hard jobs, often without thanks, trying to shine light in our dark world.

Until next time,



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